Porcelain veneers are a popular and non-invasive way to get the beautiful smile you have always wanted. This is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options offered by Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim at Dental Illusions in Houston. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you have one or more of these problems with your smile:
- Cracked, chipped, or worn tooth
- A large gap between teeth
- Brown or yellow staining
- Misshapen teeth
These issues can make you feel self-conscious and hesitant to smile. Since your smile is your personal greeting to the world, people may form the wrong impression of you when they notice that you don’t share it with enthusiasm. Custom made porcelain veneers can give you a personal and professional advantage as well as improve appearance.
What to Expect When You Receive Porcelain Veneers
The first step in achieving your beautiful smile is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saliba or Dr. Moukarim. Your dentist will inspect your tooth to make sure that it is strong enough for him to attach the veneer. Next, he may need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel so your treated tooth doesn’t protrude further than the others. Your dentist takes an impression of your tooth and sends this information to our laboratory. The laboratory technician then match the veneer to the shade of your other teeth for the most natural looking results.
After the technicians complete your customized veneer, you need to come in for a final fitting. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim follow these steps for placing your porcelain veneer:
- Trim the veneer to ensure the proper fit
- Clean, polish, and etch the tooth receiving the veneer
- Apply a special cement to the veneer and then place it on your tooth
- Shine a curing light on your tooth to force the veneer to harden in place
- Remove excess cement and evaluate your bite
Unlike your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining. They can last 10 years or more before you need to consider replacement. If lifestyle habits like smoking or drinking coffee have damaged your smile or you have another cosmetic issue, porcelain veneers are a fast and easy solution. We encourage you to contact Dental Illusions to request a consultation. One of our dentists will explain this procedure in more detail to ensure that you understand exactly what to expect when you come in for treatment.